Budget busted by $60 million Pope and DHHS goof

WRAL is out with the news this morning that the Department of Health and Human Services has blown a $60 million hole in the state's budget. Budget Director Art Pope and DHHS head Aldona Wos issued a press release this morning, revealing that the state had violated Federal guidelines on Medicaid.

During budget meetings earlier this year, Department of Health and Human Services officials guaranteed lawmakers that they had the Medicaid budget under control and that there would be no late-spring surprises from unexpected cost overruns. While this isn't a billing error or computer glitch like those that have plagued the department in the past, it is a nasty fiscal shock that comes in the middle of the budget process.

"Without that provision, the Senate budget is $60 million out of place," (Republican Senator Ralph) Hise said. The Senate has already completed work on its proposed budget. House budget writers are beginning to put together their proposal. The two documents will have to be reconciled before going to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature.

The new Medicaid hole, Hise said, will complicate budget negotiations between the House and Senate.

"This is the basic definition of what is non sustainable, irresponsible and just shows no fiscal responsibility," Hise said, wondering out loud how something like this happens.

We're all wondering how any of this happens.

Comments

Budget director Pope

Needs a new job. Maybe he could be a cashier at a Dollar Store.

Math is hard

It's a bit more difficult to manage the public's money than it is to amuse yourself with inherited play money, dabbling in a dollar store and buying a few politicians.

It's no mystery

how it happened.

Art is hellbent on protecting his own personal tax cut. The numbers don't support that (witness the $455M revenue shortfall), so he went looking for ways to get more revenue. He settled on charging fees to mental health agencies. Not only is that repugnant, it violates federal regulations.

So now the NC GOP will give in and rescind the tax cuts for the rich...and pigs will fly.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

It's not just Mr. Art Pope

Ms. Wos bears a bit of responsibility in the fiasco. Even Governor McCrory should see that, and ask for her resignation, now.

Really

Queen Aldona, the incompetent hack, redefines the Peter Principle.

What does it take to get fired in the McCrony administration?

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

If Wos ...

... changed her registration to "Dem", she'd be out on her ass before you could say "coal ash".

Queen Aldona

continues to have a job only because she is a big-time Republican fundraiser.

(Pat also has said that she's one of the smartest people he knows, which proves he doesn't get out much).

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

The N&O story explains it well

as reported by the Raleigh News & Observer, the following descriptions were used:

  • ploy
  • maneuver
  • "assessment", as the tax is known
  • gambit

Yep, that's pretty much how Prevaricating Pat and his preposterous proxies operate. Deception, trickery and calling a turd a rose: that's the McCrony way!

And although it goes without saying, the story also included this line:

DHHS officials did not make anyone available to answer questions.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis